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Sunday, October 31, 2010

I watched most of the John Stewart rally yesterday and found it mostly innocuous. It all had that air of superiority feel to it, in other words, nothing unexpected. "Sanity" certainly seems to be defined as something exactly equivalent to liberal orthodoxy. People who wear their patriotism on their sleeves, people who think there are important differences between the parties, these are the people to be scorned. Putting it another way, the whole thing was very low calorie, basically silly stuff. Harmless. In fact I thought Stewart's closing speech was also...basically unobjectionable, as he tried to balance criticism of both left and right. I wouldn't be surprised if a few of the people who came to his rally felt a little embarrassed about the signs or t-shirts they had showed up with.

One of the themes of the day's activities was the theme of "don't be mean to Muslims." Fair enough, as though Americans actually need the constant stream of reminders we get in this regard, but OK, whatever.

However, may I humbly point out that if you are trying to make the point that Muslims are just regular folks like us, your poster boy ought not to be Hamas and Salman Rushdie fatwa supporter Yusuf Islam (nee Cat Stevens)? I mean really. Talk about a dissonant note.

He has his own story, denying he supported the fatwa and claiming the Hamas support was a mistake, but you can thankfully see the video and read the transcript of the Rushdie business for yourself. His protests read much more like dancing around the technicalities than anything of substance. It's possible his feelings have "evolved", but it's something he needs to come very clean on with complete candor and honesty.

It takes more than just a wave of the hand from Jon Stewart -- whose judgment I wouldn't trust in these matters anyway -- to fix it.

See also, Roger L. Simon: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: Are They Pro-Islamofascist or Just Stupid?

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Sol -
But the revivalist creationist Beck convention you liked?

I thought it was a joke.

cat stevens, now yusef islam, at a SANITY rally???

cat stevens, the islamofascist yusef islam at a SANITY rally???

yusef islam, the swine who supported the death fatwa on Salman Rushdie at a SANITY rally?

Was david duke at this SANITY rally too?

You insane/kuffar people need to go quietly to the religion of peace trains.

The confluence of Islamist and Leftists thought.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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